Division of International Collaboration U.S. - Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program: USJ CMSP (Research on Global Health Issues)


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Overview of the program

The U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP), one of the oldest bilateral programs in the history of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States, was established in 1965 (under a US Presidential-Japan Prime Ministerial level agreement) to strengthen the Japanese research capacity and address issues of public health importance in the Asia-Pacific region. The program continues to maintain its value as a unique tool to foster research collaboration among the US, Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region. The program has nine Joint Panels (AIDS; Acute Respiratory Infections; Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric Diseases; Hepatitis; Parasitic Diseases; Cancer (previously the Genes, Environment and Diseases Panel); Nutrition and Metabolism (inactive on the US side); Mycobacterial Diseases; and Viral Diseases) and one cross-cutting Joint Immunology Board. For more information also visit the NIH home page

Under the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP), the diseases panels are engaged in research into aspects of diseases that are endemic in the Asian region in areas including nutrition and metabolism, cancer, AIDS, hepatitis, parasitic diseases, viral diseases, mycobacteria, acute respiratory infections (bacterial/viral), cholera and other bacterial enteric diseases and immunology.


Implementing Body

Research Period: JFY2016
Diseases panels and research field Chair Title and Representative institutions
AIDS Director and Professor,
Tetsuro MATANO
Institute of Medical Science,
The University of Tokyo,
National Institute of Infection Diseases
Acute Respiratory Infections Professor,
Yohei DOI
Departments of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Fujita Health University School of Medicine
Cholera and other Bacterial Enteric diseases Professor,
Iida Tetsuya
Department of Bacterial Infectious Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University
Hepatitis Professor, Director,
National Institute of Infection Diseases
Parasitic diseases Director,
Shigeyuki KANO
Department of Tropical Medicine and Malaria,
National Center for Global Health and Medicine


Tohru Kiyono

Division of Carcinogenesis and Cancer Prevention National Cancer Center Research Institute
Nutrition and Metabolism Professor,
Department of Diabetes
Endocrinology and Nutrition,
Graduate School of Medicine,
Kyoto University
Mycobacterial diseases Professor,
Yasuhiko SUZUKI
Research Center for Zoonosis Control
Hokkaido University,
Viral diseases Professor,
Akira Nishizono
Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medicine, Oita University
Immunology Professor,
Ken Ishii
Institute of Medical Science,
The University of Tokyo

U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Progrm Collaborative Awards for early-stage and female scientists

The purpose of the USJCMSP collaborative awards is to foster new or expanded infectious diseases and immunology focused biomedical research collaborations between researchers in Japan, the Asia and Pacific region (APac), and U.S. investigators and institutions. It is required that all collaborative research project is implemented by the collaborative teams including early-stage or female investigators as a PI from around the region.

Basic immunology and endemic and emerging infectious diseases that are relevant to the APac region are eligible for this competition.

  • 1st round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2016 focused on infectious diseases and immunology. Thirteen joint research projects were selected for funding, and their study results were presented at the 20th and 21st EID conferences.
  • 2nd round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2018 focused on viral diseases and immunology. Ten joint research projects were selected for funding, and their study results will be presented at the 22nd EID conferences.
  • 3rd round: USJCMSP Collaborative Awards 2019 focused on infectious diseases and immunology. Competition opened in October 2018, and results of the call will be announced in 2019.



Past funding opportunities


Last updated 2019.6.5